As the school summer holidays approach, Year 10 students are given the opportunity to go on a work experience placement where they learn valuable lessons about the world of work and get a taste of what it is like beyond school life. Work experience is a great way to give inspiration and ideas to young people about what kind of career they may want to pursue and can help decide what subjects to study in further education.
Students are tasked with reaching out to different places of work and talking to them about any work experience placements that are available. Placements can include a variety of fields, such as schools, restaurants, local shops and charity shops, supermarkets, offices and many more.
Abram, Year 10 student at Ashfield Comprehensive School and son of Alpha Rail Contracts Manager Neil Mason has recently completed his one-week placement at Alpha Rail Ltd, where he learned about all aspects of the business. He was able to sit with various members of the Alpha Rail team and gain insight into their role within the company, and how they do their part to move a metalwork project towards completion. Moving from Sales and then down into the Technical and Production offices, Abram got to see the entire process in action, from start to finish.
Further to this, Abram was able to work on his own bespoke metalwork project, to create a bespoke flag pole. With the help of the Alpha Rail team, he successfully worked out the cost of the materials and fabrication times. He then moved on to create a technical drawing of his flag pole to visualise the product and ensure that it would meet his requirements.
Commenting on his work experience placemenent, Abram said: “Doing my work experience at Alpha Rail has been very interesting, I did not know just how much takes place behind the scenes of a metal railings project, and it was enjoyable to learn about all aspects of the business. Throughout the week I got to try my hand at estimating and drawing, and also got to learn about the yard, deliveries and fabrication.”